LGBTQ parents included in Pasig City supplemental cash aid

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Among the beneficiaries of Pasig City's supplemental cash aid program amid the COVID-19 pandemic are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community who have children, local officials said Tuesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5) — Among the beneficiaries of Pasig City's supplemental cash aid program amid the COVID-19 pandemic are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community who have children, local officials said Tuesday.

The city government began rolling out its supplemental social amelioration program to provide financial assistance to families who did not receive cash aid from the national government. In its released guidelines, each family will be getting ₱8,000 through house-to-house distribution.

Mayor Vico Sotto said they included LGBTQ members to emphasize that "all variations" of families are covered in the program.

"Every person/couple who is supporting a child is qualified as a family," he said in a text message to CNN Philippines. "We just included all variations because people ask."

Other qualified recipients are traditional or nuclear families, solo parents, senior citizens with grandchildren and couples without children. Those excluded from the supplemental aid are residents who have already benefited from the national SAP, beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, government employees except those under "volunteer status," couples who are not legally married or do not have children and individuals who are only temporarily staying in Pasig.

"'Yung mga hindi natin mabibigyan sa national o DSWD SAP, sasaluhin ng lungsod ng Pasig," said Sotto in a Facebook live video, refering to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

[Translation: The city of Pasig will cover those who will not get the national or the DSWD SAP]

The city is eyeing 150,000 to 160,000 families to receive the supplemental cash, starting with the barangays that have the smallest population, such as San Antonio, Sta. Rosa, Sagad and Buting.

If residents are not in their homes when authorities visit to give out the money, Sotto said they would have to wait for their turn again after officials complete the rest of the beneficiaries.

This will give residents added incentive to stay at home during the quarantine period, Sotto added.

"Kung wala kayo sa bahay, mapapahuli kayo ulit," he said.

[Translation: If you are not home (during the supplemental SAP distribution), you will be the last to receive it.]